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|WGST 228 - Women and Resistance in Russia|
This course examines women’s resistance in Russia, probing conceptual questions of considerable relevance today: What is the nature of resistance? How can resistance be distinguished from civil disobedience, dissent, and revolt? Does women's resistance differ from masculinist paradigms of opposition to power? Structured in reverse chronological order, this course first considers Putin-era manifestations of women’s resistance in Russia, including performance art, journalism, and political activism. We then investigate the genealogy of these contemporary protests in underground activism of the late Soviet period, in women’s involvement in WWII, and in the Bolshevik sexual revolution of the 1920s. Next, we turn to figures of resistance in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from female terrorists to medieval saints. Students engage with a broad range of cultural artifacts, including historical texts, literature, zines, journalistic work, visual art, film, in an effort to create historical narratives in light of incomplete or suppressed sources. The final project invites students to grapple with issues raised in this course by curating a museum exhibit. No knowledge of Russian required.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Seminar
Women's and Gender Studies Department